WES Newton won the darts battle of the Fylde coast’s finest in Ireland last night.
The PDC world no.6 from Fleetwood made a remarkable comeback to see off Blackpool’s Ronnie Baxter by two sets to one in the first round of the PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix in Dublin
Baxter took the first set on his way to winning first five legs without reply before missing the bull to claim a whitewash victory. Newton then took six of the next seven legs to book his place in the last 16 tomorrow.
He will face Stoke’s rising star Ian White, a shock straight sets winner over two-time Dublin finalist Raymond van Barneveld.
Newton said: “I lost the first set 3-0, and although I didn’t think I deserved that scoreline Ronnie took his chances.
“When he went 2-0 up in the next set I knew I had to just take each leg as it came, and I dug in and never gave up.
“I got the three legs on the trot to make it 1-1 and I had the momentum then to go on and finish the job, and I’m really happy with that.
“Maybe a year or 18 months ago I’d have lost that game, but I’m learning all the time and getting a lot better as a professional player. I kept believing in my current form and got the result in the end.
“I’ve got to kick on from this now and start a bit stronger in the second round. I know I’m playing well and I’ve got to get out of the blocks a bit quicker.”
World champion Adrian Lewis avoided an upset by edging out Richie Burnett 2-1, but two-time winner James Wade crashed out to Colin Osbourne.